Movies speak to me. They’re like an encyclopedia I reference in conversations or a way to visually describe a point. If I start referencing a couple of characters or memorable lines, it’s because there’s no better way to explain this summer of surprises.
I’ve always wanted to visit the western shores of our great nation. I remember visiting my prayer partner in Arizona. Though I had access to her vehicle and the means to travel more than 300 miles to our Golden State, fear prevented me from ever venturing into what I considered the unknown. I blame too many episodes of the Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote (and a wretched movie of the week involving a killer 18-wheeler terrorizing a couple on a tumbleweed stretch of isolated desert highway)!
From the creepy to the sublime, fear can disarm and derail the best of our intentions. We might embark on the call to serve God, but inside we question whether we have it in us to take a step forward. We wrestle with the “Enoughs” — good enough, worthy enough, talented enough, smart enough, prepared enough, strong enough, organized enough, creative enough, humble enough…
Here’s the thing. God says we are more than enough and what He says trumps fear. In fact, Romans 8:38, 39 puts to rest my overactive imagination, because fear cannot separate me from His love. I remember Renee Swope sharing an acronym for this accursed four-letter word: FALSE EXPECTATIONS APPEARING REAL. That’s what fear is.
A false expectation…
A false expectation appearing real. Not there. Imaginary. And may I add, an expectation that cannot break the bond of God’s love for us.
This Summer, I made it to California. Like the first pioneers, the trip started out a bit rough. I shutter to think I experienced my first Uber ride weaving through seven lanes of traffic (seven lanes and no driver courtesy? I don’t understand it!). But God met us at our National Church Conference with surprises filled with answers to prayer, words of encouragement, an ordained connection with our former Vineyard pastors, a beautiful mandate on the church’s position to address diversity and a confident peace from God as He spoke these words over me:
“I am taking you deeper. I will provide you with the support and resources you need.”
I started this post referencing my affinity for movies. As I look up at the cloudy skies between the massive tulip tree in my backyard, I leave you with a movie line currently ringing in my brain. A bit obscure, but appropriate. When you feel overwhelmed by what God is doing in your life and fear thinks it can separate you from the life God’s predestined you to live, remember this:
“Success is nothing unless you have someone to share it with.” — Mahoghany
At the end of what overwhelms you — mine was a 300+ mile stretch of desert-painted highway — lies a surprise. You don’t travel alone. God’s been planning our trip our whole lives!
And it took a summer to figure it out! SURPRISE!
To view a list of some of my favorite movies, click the box below. Enjoy!